December 24, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Board says McRoberts school will stay open

Members of the Jenkins Independent Board of Education say there is no truth to rumors that the McRoberts Elementary School will be closing. More...

Features

WHS alumni raise $38,000 for Letcher Central piano

Members of the Whitesburg High School Alumni Committee gathered in the Letcher County Central High School auditorium last week to catch a glimpse of a piano they had dreamed the school would one day embrace. More...

Cleanup underway after break in TVA dike holding ashy sludge

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. More...

A history of the WHS yearbook

According to an article that appeared in the first edition of the Whitesburg High School newspaper, The Black Kat, which was dated September 1925, the senior class of that year planned to publish the first annual for the school. More...

Columns

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

December 25, 1958 The State Fire Marshal said today that several Letcher County schools are in need of major work to help make them safe from fire. More...

Horoscope

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) The arts are a strong part of the Arian aspect, with music becoming more dominant. An important decision looms as a longtime relationship takes an unexpected turn. More...

SPEAKING OF SOAPS

RECAPS - 12/22-12/26

ALL MY CHILDREN More...

Speak Your Piece

Speak Your Piece

Tell us what's on your mind. No need to give your name.

E-m@il address In addition to the telephone and the U.S. Mail, The Mountain Eagle accepts comments to Speak Your Piece by electronic mail. More...

Health

10 ways to avoid holiday arguments

A woman threw a cookbook at her sister-in-law and screamed, "Maybe now you can cook a holiday dinner for us sometime." "People become stressed during the holidays, so they're more likely to be bothered or blow up at another person's behavior," say More...

Got the flu? Tamiflu may not help much

ATLANTA The medical arsenal against the flu just got weaker. Government health officials said a leading flu medicine, Tamiflu, might not work against all cases of the flu this year. More...

All fibroids don't need treatment

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am 37, have two children and also have fibroids. My periods are quite heavy. My doctor says that removal of the uterus is the best way to end my problem. My husband and I would like to have more children. More...

Patchwork

Connection to play

The Connection will perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., December 31, at the Whitesburg American Legion's New Year's Eve dance and party. The group includes Bo Conn on guitar and vocals, Tony Shortt on drums and vocals, and Scott Sexton on bass. More...

Group to perform

South Mountain Boys will perform at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 27, at The Country Cabin II in Norton, Va. The facility is located across Alternate Rte. 58 from the original Country Cabin, 1 1/2 miles west of Norton. For more information, call (276) 679-3541. More...

Entertainment

This guide is published by The Mountain Eagle as a public service to help keep readers informed about entertainment events within driving distance of Letcher County. All dates are subject to change. More...

School officials urge dollar tax on cigarettes

Letcher County Schools Superintendent Anna Craft urged audience members at Monday night's school board meeting to call all Kentucky legislators in support of a cigarette tax which Craft and others hope will prevent a four-percent cut in funding for More...

Judge hears testimony in miner discrimination case

A judge said he would need at least 30 days to decide whether a Letcher County coal miner was wrongly disciplined in 2007 for videotaping underground safety problems and showing the footage to federal inspectors. Judge T. More...

News

Two hurt in 5-car accident

Two people appeared to be seriously injured after a five-vehicle accident on the Whitesburg Bypass Tuesday afternoon, according to Whitesburg Police Officer Phillip Slone. More...

Boxes, paper, trees can be recycled here

The Letcher County Recycling Center is encouraging county residents to recycle paper and boxes used to wrap Christmas presents. More...

Fleming-Neon students invade Mars

Students at Fleming-Neon Elementary School attended the "Mars Invasion 2030 — From Coal Camp to Space Camp" at Hazard Challenger Learning Center on Dec. 2. More...

Opinions

Comforting words, deeds mean much

When we sat down with funeral director Robbie Campbell the day after Tom Gish died last month after publishing The Mountain Eagle for nearly 52 years, he told us this: "You've never been to a funeral until you've sat in the front row." Truer More...

This is Christmas

As noted in the editorial above, like many other people, Christmas was the favorite holiday of late Mountain Eagle publisher Tom Gish, who died November 21 at age 82. More...

Sugarplum

On December 23, 1968, Tom Gish wrote an editorial from which the following words for Eagle readers here and elsewhere were taken: … We wish a merry Christmas to every one of our readers, of course, and we mean it, but we can hardly ignor More...

Sports

Cougar boys continue to roll

Letcher County Central's boys' team had a big week in basketball action, knocking off regional power Breathitt County in Jackson, 58-41, to improve to 3-1, then traveling to Bourbon County over the weekend to play in the Kentucky Bank Shootout in P More...

Sports in Kentucky

Christmas brings list of 10 wishes

Christmas. What would be your ultimate joy? To be Santa Claus for 24 hours? Own a mystical and bottomless sack of feel goods? Be a bearer of good tidings, raised hopes and sparkles unburdened by bail-out blues and the rest? More...

Champion Lady Cougars to hit road

Letcher County Central rolled to the championship of its own fourth annual Lady Cougars Christmas Tournament last weekend in Ermine with victories over Jenkins, Hazard and June Buchanan. More...

Families & Friends

Everything ready for Christmas except the food

Northeast Ohio

Another week and closer and closer to the Christmas holiday. Howdy everyone, got all your shopping done, tree up and decorated and stockings hung? More...

TO BE WED

Fanny Wright of Broken Arrow, Okla., announces the forthcoming marriage of her son, Jeremy Shane Chavis, also the son of Michael Chavis of Jenkins, to Sarah Elizabeth Schnabl of Bestdrop, Tex., daughter of Heather Schnabl. More...

YOUNG HUNTER

Stephen Breeding, son of Tim and Carol Breeding of Isom, killed his first elk on Dec. 13 in Knott County. More...

Obituaries

Geraldine Cornett dies in Washington

Geraldine Cornett died October 7 in Spokane, Wash. She was 92 years old. Born at Linefork, she was a daughter of the late James E. and Judy Stamper Holcomb. She was the mother of the late Joyce Hopkins and John Kieth. Mrs. More...

Services are set for Inavae Fields

Inavae Fields, 75, died December 22 at her home on Cowan. A daughter of the late Chester and Izetta Adams Fields, she was the widow of Dan Fields. More...

Services are held for Hester Day, 75

Hester Jean Day, 75, of Linefork, died December 21 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. A daughter of the late James and Lula Cox Roark, she was a sister of the late Astor Roark, Carl Roark, Nova Smith, Anna Boggs, and Louise Raleigh. More...